Clipped From The Westminster Budget
24 THE WESTMINSTER BUDGET FEBRU ARY 25, 1898 o <nx SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 19. From Continental Exchanges we learn that Lasker, Pillsbury, Dr. Tarrasch, Steinitz, Tchigorin, and Charousek have already intimated their intention to take part in the forthcoming Vienna -International Tournament, beginning on June 1. We may also count upon Blackburne and Burn from this country, Janowsky from Paris, Showalter from America, Winawer and Schiffers from Russia, Marco and Schlechter, who are at home in Vienna, Maroczy from Budapest, and perhaps Baron Rothschild might induce Max Weiss (winner, together with Tchigorin, of the last New Yoik Tournament) to enter once more the arena ; nor is there any reason why Mr. Mason from this country should not play again in Vienna. In 1882, at Vienna, at one period he was leading and had the best chance of carrying off the first prize. We are confident that few of the names mentioned will be missing when the final acceptances are published, in spite of the gloomy forebodings that have found their way into some English chess columns. The criticism of the Vienna programme is not borne out by facts. Let us take the Vienna Tournament of 1882. Its duration was seven weeks, and the aggregate of the prizes (averaging from £200, first, to £8, last, prize) was £360. The present tournament is to last (perhaps) one week longer, and the aggregate of the prizes is £750, and a number of special prizes besides. It has also been stated that the players would be unable to stand the physical endurance required for a tournament of two months' duration. This statement is not borne out by facts either. In the London Tournament of 1883, the late Captain Mackenzie scored in the first half of the tournament 5 points, in the second half he added 10 points to it ; Steinitz scored 9 points in the first half and 10 points in the second half; Englisch 7 points in the first and 8}4 poin s in the second half; Dr. Noa 7>% points in the first and 6 points in the second half; Rosenthal 7 points in the first and 7 points in the second half: only Mason and Tchigorin scored less in the second half, and this tournament was also a two-round contest, and lasted from April 26 nearly to the end of June. In Hastings, which is cited as a model ot what tournaments should be, Dr. Tarrasch stood lower than Vergani during'the first half of the tournament; whilst he worked his way up to the prize winners in the second half, and the same was the case with Burn last summer at Berlin. The time chosen for the tournament in Vienna is also the best. The dead season in chess begins in June, and lasts well into autumn ; therefore the date will be suitable to the professional players, whilst it can make little or no difference to players like Dr. Tarrasch whether they take their holiday a month in advance. The Vienna Tournament Committee are practical men, and the pro gramme has been drawn up with full knowledge of the facts stated, and after mature consideration ; and the matter might therefore well be left in their hands. An important and well contested League match between the North London and Ludgate Circus Chess Clubs was won by North London by 10^ games to 9^. A mixed team of the City of London defeated Highgate by 11 games to 5. Fourteen players of the City of London try conclusions this day at Cambridge with the Cambridge University Chess Club. A pretty game from M. Janowsky's recent simultaneous play at the City of London Chess Club : I). Janowsky. 'White. 1. P to K4 2. P to KB4 3. KP x P 4. Kt to QB3 5. P to Q3- 6. B x P 7. Kt to B3 8. Kt to K5 9. -Q'to B3 10. Q to K4 11. Q to K2 12. Kt x Kt . 13. Kt x R 14. Kt x B 15. B to K3 16. Kt x Kt 17. Castles QR 18. P to B5 FALKBEER'S COUNTER GAMBIT A. Josaphat. D. Janowsky. Black. White. P to K4 19. B to Q4 P to Q4 20. R to Q2 P to K5 21. P to B6 Kt to KB3 22. P to R3 P x P 23. B to B3 B to QB4 24. P to Kt3 Castles 25. RtoBsq R to K sq' 26. K to Kt2 • Kt to Kt5 27. B to QB4 . P to B4 ' 28. P x B B to Q5 29. R to Q5 R x Q ch 30. PtoB7ch P x Kt 31. R to K5 QxP 32. RxP Kt to B3 33. PxP Q x Kt 34. R to B7 B to K3 35. B to Q4 BxP 35. B to Q4 A. Josaphat. Black. Q to R3 ch B to B2 P to KKt3 Q to B5 ' P to Kt6 P to B4 Q to Kt4 P to QR3 BxB, P to Kt4 Q to K6 K to B sq Q to R3 P to R4 Q to K6 Q to R3 Resigns The variation selected by Janowsky (4. Kt to QB3) is generally followed by Q to K2 and then P to Q3; he had, however, still time to play 7. Q to K2 ch instead of 7. Kt to B3. Afterwards he had again a better move with 10. Kt to K4, whilst his line of play should have cost him the Queen for a Rook only if Black had not hurriedly captured the Queen, but had played fim 12.:.B x Kt ch ; 13. P x B, R xQ ch, &c. *** Janowsky shows to advantage m the latter part of the game, whilst Black who probably overrated his position, plays less carefully than the fi rs t portion of the game. For instance, he should have exchanged the Bi ^n~ with 18...B to B5, or a move later, and 21...P x P ; 22. R to B sq Rtok'" r &c. White's pawn firmly established at B6 wins the game. It would-?' idle to criticise Black's moves singly ; he was overmatched by the strone player's ingenuity, and saw the danger too late. Janowsky did not seltM the best continuation either, for 31. B to Q2 won the game right off. - Ho^ ever, he won a few moves later. • ~ v A game from the championship of the City of, London Chess Club • QUEEN s GAMBIT DECLINED. H. W. Trenchard. W. Ward. W. Ward. White. 1. P to Q4 2. PtoQB4 3. Kt to QB3 4. Kt to B3 5. B to B4 6. B x B . 7. P to K3 ; 8. R to B sq 9. B to Q3 Castles P to K4 BxP Kt x Kt 10 11 12, 13, Black. P to Q4 P to K3 Kt to KB3 P to B3 B to Q3 Q x B QKt to Q2 Castles R to K sq P to KKt3 P x KP Kt x B Q to B5 We are pleased to see Mr. to B3, at last defeated. We in the condemnation of it. Mr, omitting P x QP, which gives White. 14. RtoKsq . 15. Kt to B3 16. R to B2 17. Kt to K5 18. Q to Q2 19. QtoKt5 20. KttoK2 21. Kt to B4 22. R x Kt 23. KttoR5ch 24. Kt to B6 25. Kt x P ch 26. Q to R6 ch Trenchard's H. W . Trencharr] Black. 1' to KB4 Kt to -1J3 Q to B2 li to Q2 R to K2 K to Kt2 QR u»K. S(| Kt to K5 P x R K to " us in v sq Rto KB MI PxKt Resirrns _ favourite defence, 4, trust he will now agi-ee with Ward followed the right course Black a good game after retaking with the KP, whilst preventing him from opening the diagonal of the QB leaves Black a cramped game. 10...P to KKt3 is no improvemciit upon Kt to B sq and Kt to Kt3 as played by him against Wainwright in the match British Chess Club v. National Liberal Club. The move only weakens the King's position, as Mr. Ward, soon enough demonstrates. To dislodge the threatening Knight he had to weaken his position still more with 14. ..P to KB4 ; but this naturally was only a temporary relief, the final attack becoming so much stronger eventually. The.pretty sacrifice of the Exchange settled matters vigorously. Mr. Ward played in excellent style. PROBLEM JNTO. 95. Phillip H. Williams. BLACK. WHITE. White to play and mate in two moves. SOLUTJON OF PROBLEM NO. 94. 1. Q to Q2, B x Q ; 2. Kt to R5, any move ; 3. Kt mates. 1. , R x Q ; 2. Kt to B5, any move; 3. Kt mates. •• 1 • THE ASCENT OF MOUNT EVEREST. . The announcement was made in the autumn that neffotiationswere m progress through the India Office for securing the permission of theGovernment of Nepaul for an expedition to enter its territory with a view to the ascent of Everest. This permission was not obtained in time tor the expedition to be arranged with reference to the coming season, and in any event, therefore, Mr. Howell 's attempt upon the highest mountain peak in the world will not be made until the summer of 1899. Th^overnment of Nepaul is understood not entirely to refuse its sanction to this expedition, and there is every expectation that the negotiations will be brought to a successful issue m the autumn. It is clearly perceived that the recent experiences of other explorers render it most inexpedient to attempt to ascend the mountain from the Thibetan side, oirpoiitica grounds alone, to say nothing of the physical obstacles prcsente by its northern approaches.